I’m going to go ahead an assume that most of the people that are going to be reading this for a while will definitely be people I already know, but it doesn’t hurt to start at the beginning.
My name is Ragnhilr Skegglaus, Ranka the Beardless, and I have been apprenticed.
I started playing in the SCA from my first day of university in 2009, hanging around with The College of St Crispin at the University of Newcastle. I have been a lifelong history nerd so the fact that I started dressing up like a Viking and talking tall shit about fighting heavy surprised approx. no one.
From there I have been lucky enough to meet and befriend a huge amount of incredibly talented, crazily driven and flat out awesome people who played both at the university and beyond, in our home barony of Mordenvale. I’ve been sporadically bouncing back and forth between being a regular player and a cloistered hermit in the years since then.
It has only been this year, 2016, that I have put serious time and effort into improving my costuming skills and attempting to participate more in the wider community that we call the Society for Creative Anachronism. The first quarter of 2016 saw me and create husband and wife Landsknecht & Frau outfits for… well, my husband and me. I’m the wife.
This was the first time I’d ever attempted to tackle a project of this size.
And it was shit-tonnes of fun. I pushed myself, I created something I was stupidly proud of, and I had a really nice new piece of garb that fit me super well which was GREAT because I had gotten too fat for everything else. (Fried chicken is a drug, kids.)
It was also this Festival that Master Rurik decided that the best way to motivate me to continue to push myself and create “cool things” was to throw a green belt at me.
This is a slight hyperbole. He did run it past me at a buck’s night like six months before but honestly we were all drinking so much moonshine and coke that I thought he was blowing smoke up my arse. That’ll learn me.
So after a long period of post-Festival post-big-project burnout, I am slowly starting to pick at my next projects, and as the main reason I have not entered any A&S competitions is that referencing scares the turds out of me, this is my way of easing myself into it. Over the next year or so the main focus of this blog will mostly we a large-scale Viking garb project with the intention of entering the Capsule Wardrobe A&S Competition for Rowany Festival AS51.
And finally, to the name of the blog: A Laurel Made Me Do It. Why this name? Why not “My Laurel Made Me Do It”? “Master Rurik Made Me Do It”?
I am really lucky in that I know a lot of Laurels, and have been incredibly inspired by each of them. It seems wrong to give Rurik ALL the credit for that.